Monday, September 16, 2013

To be Conservative is to be Prudent

Burke agrees with Plato that in the statesman, prudence is chief among virtues. Any public measure ought to be judged by its probable long-run consequences, not merely by temporary advantage or popularity. Liberals and radicals, the conservative says, are imprudent: for they dash at their objectives without giving much heed to the risk of new abuses worse than the evils they hope to sweep away. As John Randolph of Roanoke put it, Providence moves slowly, but the devil always hurries. Human society being complex, remedies cannot be simple if they are to be efficacious. The conservative declares that he acts only after sufficient reflection, having weighed the consequences. Sudden and slashing reforms are as perilous as sudden and slashing surgery.
-- Russell Kirk

Any action that is imprudent, like choosing who you support for the President three years early, is not that of a Conservative.  So anyone that says that Ted Cruz or Rand Paul is their choice for President of the United States as early as April of 2013 is lying to themselves and you everytime he or she claims to be Conservative.

I hope those people read this.  I hope they eventually have the truth reach their souls.  I want them to know without the ability to escape.

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